BPF receives opportunities for participation in programmes and shows within mainstream media, scholarships, fellowships, leadership programmes, political engagement programmes, participation in surveys etc. on a regular basis. These will be shared with our members on this page and members should respond directly to the contact person and application method described under each individual opportunity given below.
These opportunities are open to all members, are merit based, available at different locations and on different compensation basis (if applicable) which will need to be confirmed directly with the organization concerned.
We will update these opportunities on a regular basis.

Currently the following opportunity is available:

1. Patchwork Foundation: Masterclass Programme 2018 – Applications Open!

The Patchwork Foundation Masterclass Programme 2018 allows young people from underrepresented groups to meet and learn from senior figures at the top of their profession. Successful Masterclass applicants will have the opportunity to learn from, develop skills and question experts within politics. They will get exclusive sessions with decision makers, politicians and journalists whose places of work span Westminster, Whitehall and beyond. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

This unique Masterclass Programme which takes place over 10 months (January – October 2018) will enable young and underrepresented people the opportunity to;

This unique Masterclass Programme which takes place over 10 months (January – October 2018) will enable young and underrepresented people the opportunity to;

• Engage through 6 interactive Masterclass sessions;
• Learn from leading politicians, civil servants, CEOs and editors;
• Attain unique political insights through #GetInvolved sessions;
• Network to realize their potential; and
• Develop skills to thrive both personally and professionally.

Masterclass topics will include political campaigning, broadcast media and politics, Civil Service careers, leadership and policy amongst others. Tutors who taught Masterclasses in 2017:

• Alaistair Whitehead (Private Secretary, 10 Downing Street)
• Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Former Prime Minister of Denmark)
• Jess Cunnliffe (Speechwriter, 10 Downing Street)
• Lord Gus O’Donnell (Former Cabinet Secretary)
• Lorna Gratton (Private Secretary, 10 Downing Street)
• Mark Sedwill (Permanent Secretary, Home Office)
• Melanie Dawes (Permanent Secretary, DCLG)
• Nick Watts (BBC, Political Editor)
• Patrick Hennessy (Director of Communications, Mayor of London Office)
• Rt Hon Justine Greening MP (Secretary of State)
• Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP
• Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP (Conservative Party, Chairman)
• Sarah Sands (Editor, Evening Standard)
• Sir Lynton Crosby AO (Political Strategist)

The Masterclass Programme has found great success, as graduates from the Masterclass have gone on to pave careers in the Civil Service, Westminster, Charities and NGOs. We believe that the Masterclass Programme enriches and changes the lives of those involved. We strive to make improve our Programmes and assist as many of our talented young people as possible.
Entry requirements;
Applicants that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

• Please note that this programme is open to candidates residing in the UK between 18 and 30 years old.
• Are proactive and committed to making the most out of the whole programme
• Able to give time for Masterclass sessions (5 hours a month approx.)
• Have an interest in British Politics or Civil Society
• Able to commute to London for Masterclass sessions

Application process:
Applications will close on the 13th December 2017.
• Those successful at the first stage of recruitment will be required to attend an assessment day in London (week commencing 15th January 2018).

Interested candidates please apply here: